Five Ways to Streamline your Sentences by Tony Spencer-Smith

The best sentences use a minimum of words to achieve their purpose. They slip easily into the minds of your audience and don't give them the verbal equivalent of atherosclerosis. As Truman Capote said: "I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil." Here are five ways good editors cut the clutter: 1. Take a rapier to redundancies. ...

Sulari Gentill on Historical Fiction

Can you tell us about your path into writing historical fiction? What drew you into the past? I'm not sure that there was ever a single event that inspired me to start writing... it was just something I tried. Once I did start, however, it very quickly became as natural and as necessary as breathing. Initially, I undertook research for my ...

The head-space for clarity at Varuna, the Writers’ House by Jacqui Dent

The first time I went on a residency at Varuna, my writing consultant, Carol Major, advised me not to worry too much about getting words on the page. I was surprised and – to be honest – relieved. In the five years since I had graduated from my creative writing degree I had become a slave to words on the page. ...

Writing Short Fiction with Maxine Beneba Clarke

Maxine Beneba Clarke is the author of poetry collections Gil Scott Heron is on Parole and Nothing Here Needs Fixing. Her short fiction collection Foreign Soil won the 2015 Victorian Premier's Award for a Unpublished Manuscript, The SMH Best Young Novelist 2015 and the Indie Book Award For Debut Fiction, and was shortlisted for The Stella Prize, The Dobbie Award ...

Member Congratulations

Congratulations to the following NSW Writers' Centre members for their recent achievements! It is great to see members publishing novels, receiving fellowships and winning poetry awards. Inspiring stuff to keep putting pen to paper! Hugh Allan’s poem “The Ballad of Beryl and Ned” won first prize in the humour category of the Henry Lawson Festival in June this year. Michael Costello had ...

Book Review: Almost Sincerely by Zoë Norton Lodge

Zoë Norton Lodge is a comedic goddess. You may know her as the cat lady from The Checkout, a presenter on The Chaser’s Media Circus and the creator of ABC’s live storytelling program, Story Club. As if that wasn’t enough, Zoë has put the rest of us mere mortals to shame with the release of her kick-ass book Almost Sincerely. Thanks a lot, Zoë. Part memoir, ...

On Poetry with Lisa Jacobson

Lisa Jacobson is an award-winning poet and fiction writer. Her collections of poetry are Hair & Skin Teeth (1995), The Sunlit Zone (2012), which won the Adelaide Festival John Bray Poetry Award and was shortlisted in four other national awards, and South in the World (2014). In 2011 she won the Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize. What first got you interested ...

Writing on Our Calendar

Welcome to Writing on Our Calendar! We will feature a monthly calendar that serves up our tasting plate of literary events and happenings around town. NSW Writers' Centre staff share things to do and see that they’ve got highlighted in their diaries. Find out what’s happening and keep your finger on NSW’s social literary pulse. We will present a listing ...

Randolph Stow Research Materials

Randolph Stow was a West Australian writer and is the subject of the NSW Writers' Centre event Honouring: Randolph Stow at the NSW State Library on Saturday 29 August 2015. To read an introduction to these research materials, click here.   Fiction A Haunted Land, Macdonald, 1956 The Bystander, Macdonald 1957 To the Islands, Macdonald, 1958.  Republished Text Classics, 2015 Tourmaline, Macdonald, 1963. Text Classics, 2015 The ...

Julia Tsalis on Honouring Randolph Stow

In researching speakers and material for the NSW Writers’ Centre event Honouring: Randolph Stow I had the pleasure of not only re-connecting with Stow’s work but also discovering that he was not the person I had thought him to be. In 2014, the NSWWC introduced a new series of events, Honouring Australian Writers, to pay tribute to and reconnect people with ...

Poetry Book Review: Inside My Mother by Ali Cobby Eckermann

In the title poem of Inside My Mother, we are immersed in the retching, garbled moments of someone between life and death. The narrator’s need to soften her mother’s hair with leaves is an intimate ritual that unfolds slowly—at times grotesque, other times clear and still. We feel we are witnessing something terrible, and sweet, perhaps something we haven’t earned ...

Beth Yahp on Creativity

"In order to create, we draw from our inner well. This inner well, an artistic reservoir, is ideally like a well-stocked trout pond. We've got big fish, little fish, fat fish, skinny fish - an abundance of artistic fish to fry. As artists, we must realise that we have to maintain this artistic ecosystem." - Julia Cameron How do we nourish ...

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